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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #795 on: July 03, 2009, 04:39:29 AM »
They have recently put out Dragonlance books for the middle grade age, 8-13, and my 10 yr old loves them. I don't care much for the adult versions, but these have gotten him away from Captain Underpants so I am happy they are available.

I have started reading the Alera Codex books by Jim Butcher. I have had to fight my husband for the books so I've only read the first one, but I like them so far.

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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #796 on: July 03, 2009, 05:28:29 AM »
I finished bonehunters and am starting Reapers Gale
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #797 on: July 07, 2009, 12:44:30 AM »
Finished the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series and have just started Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card).
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #798 on: July 07, 2009, 05:19:38 AM »
Finished the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series---

What'd you think of that series?  I've had a few people suggest them to me, but haven't been much for YA stuff.  So, I'm wondering in general what you thought of it as a fantasy book, and also how it stacks up specifically within the YA genre.

lol!  Maybe you should just write a full review and submit it to Nessa while you're at it.  :)  Boy, I'm not demanding or anything, am I?  Really not looking for anything special.  Just your thoughts.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #799 on: July 07, 2009, 08:52:18 PM »
I've only read the first Percy Jackson, but I really enjoyed it. It is definitely great YA and pretty great fantasy to boot.

I just read Patternmaster by Octavia Butler. I felt like she had "good" characters do "bad" things without really addressing the issue. Has anyone else read her? Are her other books this way?
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #800 on: July 07, 2009, 11:32:21 PM »
It's definitely, without-a-doubt, 100% YA. IMO, obviously aimed towards a child audience. However, I still think it is very worthwhile to read it. Riordan works with internal feelings, conflict between characters, and humankind's faults as a whole to make a believable, mind-capturing tale. AND the books are really, really funny, (but I didn't feel that the humor detracted from the stories at all). It's one of my all-time favorite series.

Make sure you read them in order, though. Much better that way.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #801 on: July 08, 2009, 10:00:59 PM »
But but But.  Captain underpants is Kewl!

Just finished the King's Buccaneer and am taking a hiatus from Feist to reread the Laumer books in the World Shuffler series.  60's pulp SciFi at it's best.

I do wish Feist had not been afraid of introducing renaissance technology the way Jordan did.  That is just one of the major improvements.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #802 on: July 10, 2009, 06:03:34 AM »
I loved Captain Underpants when it was brand new i was like 6 or 7 for the first one and got it at the book fair... in the third one on the name list my name converts to Gidget something-lover (i like the flip scenes)
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #803 on: July 14, 2009, 07:15:23 AM »
Finished The Steel Remains.  Not my favorite.  Well, actually, not really even close.  Doubt I'll read the next one in the series.

Started You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here, but It Helps by Tom Holt.  Pretty funny so far, but a bit too much real-world solidity for me to really like it up front.

Going to be reading Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman next.  Well, probably.  Quite looking forward to finally getting to this one.  Still, I might end up getting The Price of Spring (Abraham) and Purple & Black (Parker) before finishing it, both of which will take precedence.  Can't help myself in these cases.  They'd probably take the pie (or proverbial cake, if you must) over just about any other book that I could be reading at the time.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #804 on: July 14, 2009, 10:51:48 PM »
Just finished The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. Loved both.

Prior to that, I read the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie - not so much. I can't really tell you why, but I just didn't like the books.

I'm thinking next thing I'll do will be a re-read of WoT. Haven't done one for a while, and I want to be able to remember the characters for The Gathering Storm.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #805 on: July 16, 2009, 12:17:21 AM »
Currently doing a re-read of Winter's Heart, by Robert Jordan, since I got behind on it while reading the Night Angel Trilogy. Also reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and just starting up Rules of Ascension, by David Coe. Wish I had some more Brandon Sanderson to read now.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #806 on: July 16, 2009, 03:24:48 PM »
I'm reading The Soldiers of Halla, the tenth (and final) installment in the Pendragon series. Not bad so far.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #807 on: July 17, 2009, 12:26:26 AM »
I finished "Dream Thief" (Lawhead). I don't mind a little deus ex machina every now and then, but the main characters hardly did anything in this book. Shallow characterization and motivations, poorly explained plot, absolutely stupid romance, etc. Would not recommend to anyone.

"Memory" by Bujold was all that I've come to expect of her novels. I'll really have to try some of her non-Vorkosigan novels.

"Pawn of Prophecy" by Eddings left me ambivalent. It was very formulaic and often silly, but I'm curious enough about where the series goes because of what my brothers have said about it. I'm partially intrigued by the transparency of the plot. I'll finish off the series, as it's pretty short. If I don't bash my skull to pieces because of the stupidity of the characters first.

My sister is obsessed with Mercedes Lackey, but I never succumbed to her pleas to try Lackey out. I decided that a nice collabo-novel would be a safe spot to test the waters. I was wrong. "This Rough Magic" (Lackey, Flint, Freer) wasn't worth the paper it was printed on. My sister said that Lackey's collaboration projects are always super weird. She's going to help me pick a better sample.

Brandon Sanderson didn't disappoint with "Warbreaker". I had read some on his site a few months back, but reading an entire novel on a screen didn't sound like an enjoyable experience. That kid always pulls out some sweet magic. I was kinda disappointed by the wimpiness of BioChromatic Breath, but Vasher's encore pulled me around. On another topic, and without going too deep into spoiler territory, WTF incest? I don't care how many generations separate you. It's still creepy, curtain couple. The book was still awesome, though. Eh plus plus.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #808 on: July 17, 2009, 01:22:08 AM »
Just finished The Name of the Wind and about to start on Gardens of the moon.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #809 on: July 17, 2009, 03:43:32 AM »
I LOVEEE TNotW. Amazing book. Props for reading it.
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